EVERY so often we find ourselves wishing we could tell our younger selves something about how life really works and dissolve some of those assumptions we had way back then.

It's a frustrating impossibility, but worth thinking about.

So what would you tell your younger self? What's your advice for the next generation?

Here's hoping these Toowoomba residents can shed some light.

Charlotte Lam

Pixie Roediger: I'D say take more notice of what your parents say.

They do know what they are talking about; they've been around for a while.

One day you'll miss hearing from them.

My parents were adamant not to smoke.

"That's another nail in your coffin," my dad would say.

"Have fun but not too much" was another favourite of his. That's relevant today when everything can be recorded or shared online.

However, when you're my age, you've got to do as many wild things as you can - like colouring your hair.

What's even better is that my grandchildren are so impressed with it.

Charlotte Lam

Rhonda Coop: MY ADVICE to my 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren is to not take education for granted.

I only went to school until Year Seven because I needed to look after my family. I hope my grandchildren get more out of their education.

If they do really well, they can be anything they want.

I understand that's a hard concept to grasp when you're young, but it's worth it. You don't know what you're going to get in life so you need to make the most of what you have.

Charlotte Lam

Don Hardwick: I BELIEVE in good karma.

I don't give advice unless it's asked for because a lot of them younger generations resent it.

However, I'd say be respectful to your elderly.

You never imagine that you're going to be that old person one day, I get that.

So try to treat people the way you want to be treated.

Charlotte Lam

Ray Munro: I WISH I knew how to pick up chicks in my 20s.

I don't want to get into the nitty-gritty of it, but I guess I've had a lot of experience at it now.

Younger generations need confidence; you don't realise how silly it is to not be (confident) until you get older. You never know if you don't give it a go.

Charlotte Lam

Patricia Elvins: DON'T forget you're a child of God.

Don't get caught up in the glamour and glitz of materialistic things and remember the purpose of life. To live a good life, you have to have respect for your parents, your community and most of all, respect yourself.

It really is that simple.

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